How to Smudge Your Home Properly and Effectively

I recently had a client come to me and ask why she wasn't getting the results she desired when she would Smudge her home with Sage. I've heard the question before, so I decided it would be a good time to go over some basics of How, Why, and When to Smudge your home!

First, I think it's appropriate to discuss what a "Smudge" really entails, and why it's useful. For us Highly Sensitive People and Empaths, it's important to have a cleansing routine on standby for our personal energetic field and home. The basic idea behind a "Sage Smudge" is to light a bundle of dried White Sage until it smokes, and let the smoke cleanse the energy of the space you're in.

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Whether you've accidentally absorbed some negative, or lower-vibrational energies throughout your day, or you feel your home is holding onto some, Sage Smudging is an effective method to detox that energy and invite Peace, Love, and Light to enter! Let's say, for example, you have a family member who is particularly draining to you. Maybe they're physically or mentally ill, and you're so highly Empathetic that you can't help but absorb some of their energy when you're around them. You begin to notice that even after they leave your home, you remain sluggish, depressed, on-edge, etc. This would be a great time to break out the Sage!

Another, very popular use for Sage is to cleanse your home or space from the presence of an unwanted Spirit. Sometimes those who depart from this earth, pass in a way that is so quick or abrupt that they don't even know they're departed! It happens more frequently than you would think! Another common culprit happens when the departed person isn't ready or wiling to move onto the next energetic state, so they decide to stay in the home or space that they feel more comfortable. Because these Spirits carry a lower vibration than those that have accepted their departure, it's easier for us humans to hear them! (I'll talk more about that in another post). More often than not, these Spirits don't mean to scare us or cause any harm. Even so, your space is your own! And you should always be in charge of the energy that comes and goes in order to keep yourself in balance. So, again, we have Sage to aid us in this process!

For those of us Highly Sensitive People who work in a field that involves contact with the public, even if it's not Energy or Spirit-based work, it's never a bad idea to occasionally Sage your home just as a basic cleaning ritual! Personally, I Sage my home every time there's a new moon, which is about once a month. As someone who works in the Spirit-realm frequently, it's really important that I make it a practice. My 1 1/2 year old daughter even helps me with it!

Regardless of why you choose to Smudge your home, the tools used in the process will remain the same. The only two things you absolutely need to properly Sage Smudge your home include a bundle of dried White Sage, and a flame! That's it! If you have a green thumb, you could even grow your own at home and have a steady stock of it! There are shops all around the country that sell Sage Smudge bundles, and you can even find them on Amazon if you prefer to shop online. Many places will even offer a Smudging Kit! These are wonderful and frequently come with an Abalone Shell to catch the ashes, and a feather to help waft the smoke. The Shell and Feather aren't necessary to Sage your home but if you're a person who likes to honor traditional rituals and ceremonies, go for it! But if you're in a pinch and only have the Sage on hand, you're still good to go! 

The process for Smudging will start in the point in your home or space furthest from the front door. You will move one room at a time toward the front door of your house or space. You should first open a window in whatever room you're in (if you don't have a window in this room, you will want to start in the back of the room and move toward the door, then move toward the closest window in your house) and then light the Sage. I prefer to carry a small lit candle with me rather than a lighter or matches. The Sage will begin to release a very fragrant smoke into the room you're in. You will walk around each room wafting the smoke toward the open window and letting the smoke rise to the ceiling in every corner. You can use a feather to waft the smoke if you have one, or you can let it drift on it's own. A feather does speed up the process, I must say, but again it's not a requirement. You should line every wall (every 90 degree angle) with the smoke. As you're moving through each room, it's extremely important to focus on your intention for the cleanse. This is the thing people miss the most! It's not enough to light some sage and walk around your house, you have to deliberately and willfully ask the negativity/energy presence to leave, and set the intention that only love and light may remain! Claim your space as your own!

When you reach the final room in your house, open the front door and leave it open for a minute or two to let any remaining energy clear out (and it will help to diminish the smoke if it bothers you). Now you can take a deep breath and relax! You're all finished! Depending on the strength of the energy you just cleared out (if you were Saging out a Spirit who has been there for a long time, their energy will be stronger) it may take a day or two for the residual energy to diminish. Energy leaves a footprint, just like we do when we walk in the sand! However, if you don't see your desired results in a few days, it's certainly time to do it again, and make sure you're really focusing as you're doing it. Again, that is the most common reason it wouldn't work. 

If you have questions about how to Smudge your home, feel free to shoot me an email and I would be happy to help!

I'm sending lots of love and light your way, today and every day!

Blessings,

Katie

What is "grounding"? And why should everyone do it?

Grounding is one of my most favorite subjects to talk about, because it's SO IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE! For those of you who know me or have attended a reading in the past, you've probably heard me say this, but seriously, guys, this is a BIG DEAL.

I often have clients come to me and say that they feel "scattered", or they feel like they can't keep up with all of the demands of our everyday lives. And I have to say, I can relate! The wonderful news is that each and every one of us is in charge of the way we feel at all times! AND, there's a simple way for us to regain the control and balance we seek! GROUNDING!

The idea behind grounding is simple: you visualize yourself planting roots into the core of the Earth to help you feel more stable and secure. For some, this will quickly turn into a habit. And for others it will be a bit more challenging.

There's no "right" or "wrong" way to ground yourself. Just like there's no "right" or "wrong" way to meditate! You can keep it quick and simply quiet yourself and visualize roots coming from the bottom of your feet that grow into the center of the Earth while you take a few deep breaths,  you can utilize a guided grounding meditation you enjoy on YouTube (I really like this one if you have the time), or some people can even simply put their bare feet in the grass and it happens naturally (this is actually called Earthing, which is another awesome practice to incorporate as often as possible into your daily life). Anything is better than nothing! And you can do it as frequently as you feel like you need it! Once a day is a wonderful place to start.

Grounding naturally opens up your Root and Earth Star Chakras, which control feelings of security and safety within us. An imbalance in these two energy centers can result in problems with finances, anxiety, excessive worrying, fear, insecurity, issues with your adrenal glands (fatigue), and more. I have also found that my intuition and clarity both increase when I'm more grounded. Makes sense though, doesn't it?

It's so easy to get swept up and swallowed by all of the obligations in a day, but YOU CAN'T DRINK FROM AN EMPTY CUP! The best way to help others, is by taking care of ourselves first. And for me, that starts with grounding!

That being said, my personal practice for grounding varies. In the mornings I typically like to light some incense, and build a crystal grid (the one below is a nice example from the other afternoon)  before I ground myself and meditate. This helps me to really get into the zone when I know I have a busy day ahead. However, LIFE HAPPENS SOMETIMES, and I don't always have the luxury of pulling out all the stops like that! Sometimes my daughter wakes up earlier than planned, or I get lost in emails, or I wake up late, etc. THOSE tend to be the days that I need it the most, too! So having a fail-safe in place is really important to me! 

 

The process I use for grounding "on the fly" is a little more basic. I keep my  beloved  Hematite egg crystal with me in my purse at all times. Hematite is one of the most useful crystals for grounding and polarizing your energy. It's pretty heavy, and has a cool, magnetic feel to it. I've seen some pretty cool Hematite jewelry over the years scattered here and there, and I have a bracelet I wear frequently to help keep me in check! If you're new to crystals, or even if you have a pretty good-sized collection, I would recommend getting some! It's definitely one of my favorites!  When I need to get grounded in a hurry, I typically hold my Hematite egg, close my eyes and breathe for a minute, and pretend that the Hematite is the heaviest thing I've ever held in my life. I visualize myself sinking into the earth under the weight of it, as if I'm on an elevator, until my feet hit the Earth's core. It works like a charm, and only takes a minute or two!   I've also found that earthy fragrances such as Sage or Sandalwood can definitely be of assistance. If you have an Essential Oil diffuser at home, that might be a great route for you as well! One of my favorite blends to put into the diffuser to help me balance myself is Sage and Lavender. The Sage clears out any negativity, and helps focus on the Earth and grounding, and the Lavender helps me to relax and let go of any tension I may be holding onto.  Remember loves, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to do this! Always listen to your OWN intuition and ask your Angels to help guide you along your path!  If you would like to learn more about Grounding or Meditation, shoot me a quick  email  and I would be happy to discuss it further!  Lots of love and light to you all!!

The process I use for grounding "on the fly" is a little more basic. I keep my beloved Hematite egg crystal with me in my purse at all times. Hematite is one of the most useful crystals for grounding and polarizing your energy. It's pretty heavy, and has a cool, magnetic feel to it. I've seen some pretty cool Hematite jewelry over the years scattered here and there, and I have a bracelet I wear frequently to help keep me in check! If you're new to crystals, or even if you have a pretty good-sized collection, I would recommend getting some! It's definitely one of my favorites!

When I need to get grounded in a hurry, I typically hold my Hematite egg, close my eyes and breathe for a minute, and pretend that the Hematite is the heaviest thing I've ever held in my life. I visualize myself sinking into the earth under the weight of it, as if I'm on an elevator, until my feet hit the Earth's core. It works like a charm, and only takes a minute or two! 

I've also found that earthy fragrances such as Sage or Sandalwood can definitely be of assistance. If you have an Essential Oil diffuser at home, that might be a great route for you as well! One of my favorite blends to put into the diffuser to help me balance myself is Sage and Lavender. The Sage clears out any negativity, and helps focus on the Earth and grounding, and the Lavender helps me to relax and let go of any tension I may be holding onto.

Remember loves, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to do this! Always listen to your OWN intuition and ask your Angels to help guide you along your path!

If you would like to learn more about Grounding or Meditation, shoot me a quick email and I would be happy to discuss it further!

Lots of love and light to you all!!